Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

Requirements and Details


Complete admission and program requirements are found in the University Catalog.

In addition to the application materials required by the School of Graduate Studies, additional requirements for applicants include:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • A group interview
  • A letter of intent

Learn specifics about what we're looking for in these submissions on the Prospective Students page. 

Careful attention will be given to the holistic nature of the applicant. The candidate is scored based on the following: 

  • Completed application by criteria required
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Group interview 

The faculty and students at St. Cloud State are enthusiastic for you to join our program. We approach the interview process as a two-way process where you are also interviewing us to see if this is the best program for you. 

Competition for limited places in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program may require the necessity of a waitlist.

Post Degree Licensure Requirements

Full-licensure: Once the degree is conferred, the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapies (BBHT) has requirements for the states two tier licensure system (LPC/LPCC), including direct clinical hours with clients, supervision by an approved supervisor, passing the National Counseling Exam and/or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling exam.

Applicants intending to reside in a state other than Minnesota should consult their state licensure board for degree portability.